Posts Tagged Anton Lander

NHL Rumors: Predators, Canucks, Hurricanes, Oilers and the Maple Leafs

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Ranking potential Predators coaching candidates: 1. Peter Laviolette 2. Phil Housley 3. Terry Murray 4. Dean Evason 5. John Stevens 6. Willie Desjardins 7. Dan Bylsma
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: To get more a more experienced goalie that Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks would could spend some big money on someone like Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller. Miller could re-sign with the Blues. You would be taking a chance on Hiller that he could bounce back to form. Signing Miller would basically cap the Canucks out and would limit their ability to improve their forward lines. Bruins backup Chad Johnson would be a lot cheaper and they could try for a short-term deal at a low dollar amount, with the lure of being able to compete for the No. 1 job.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin thinks that Cam Ward’s time with the Hurricanes could be over.

    “Of course he is a strong goaltender. He is a good goaltender. No one is counting him out. They [Carolina] will decide what to do with him this year, this summer. Maybe he, how can I say, has presented everything he could have,” said Khudobin at a Russian National Team press conference on Monday.

    “Maybe at this club. Maybe in his career. He has been playing in the NHL since he was 19,” said Khudobin.

  • Jason Gregor: “Not sure why people think the #Oilers will let Lander go. Easy decision to offer him new contract. They have very little fwd depth.”
  • Chip Alexander: Can expect an announcement from Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford early next week. Ron Francis is said to be in Finland this week.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”No real update on Carlyle right now. I’m sure there’s ample dialogue between Shanahan & Nonis at the moment” … ”It may take two weeks or maybe more before the Leafs announce a decision on Carlyle.” … ”Although many of us have speculated that a coaching change in TO was likely, certainly a possibility, there is no guarantee of that”
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: ”My breakdown is that Nonis would like to stay with Carlyle & Leiweke wants him fired. Nothing will happen until 1st round is over”

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Morning Hits: Myers Gets Hearing, Brule, Palushaj and Lander

  • Tom Gulitti: Sabres Tyler Myers will have a hearing today for his hit to the head on Devils Dainius Zubrus.
  • Darren Dreger: Coyotes Gilbert Brule will have his contract terminated after clearing unconditional waivers.
  • Jim Matheson: The Oilers send Anton Lander back to the AHL. Matheson thinks they should look to trade him.

Do you think Myers SHOULD be suspended? Do you think Myers WILL be suspended?

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Morning Hits: Panthers, Hybrid Icing, Clarkson, Scouting Leafs-Sens, Kassian, Avs, Zherdev, Boucher and Oilers

  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will hold a press conference on Friday to introduce their new owners.
  • Elliotte Friendman: The NHL and NHLPA are finalizing the language of hybrid icing. The NHLPA will begin their player survey’s later this week.
  • John Shannon: The Maple Leafs were fined $10,000, the same as Sabres coach Ron Rolston was. League thought that John Scott could have been better controlled by Rolston.
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Leafs David Clarkson won’t appeal his suspension.

    “I didn’t get suspended until last night at 9:30, and I did not want to be a distraction with a game today, so I just wanted to start by saying sorry to everybody for not being available, but I was just doing what I thought was best for the team and waiting for the suspension to come down, and that was the reason I was not speaking,” Clarkson said after he played in the Leafs’ 3-2 pre-season loss versus the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

    “I’ll say sorry to the fans or anybody who is disappointed, but my teammates in here are first to me.”

    “Everything happened so quick. I saw something go on that I had not seen, I had not been a part of. It is hard for anyone to say anything unless you are sitting there and you have your feet in those skates.”

  • Thomas Drance: Clarkson: ”I sometimes make decisions with my heart not my head”
  • Bruce Garrioch: 17 scouts were at the Maple Leafs-Senators game. Garrioch said it would be a good time for Senators Jim O’Brien to have a good game.
  • Dan Murphy: Canucks coach John Tortorella on Zack Kassian:  “Suspension gives us a chance to nail Kassian with some fitness. And we’re going to nail him.”
  • Igor Eronko: Nikolai Zherdev signed a one-year deal with Spartak of the KHL.
  • Szymon Szemberg: EV Zug of the Swiss league terminate Brian Boucher’s contract after allowing 16 goals in 5 games.

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Morning Hits: Pietrangelo, Maple Leafs, Omark, Nugent-Hopkins, LaRose, European development and drafting Russians

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues and Alex Pietrangelo continue to negotiate and it’s possible it could lead to a holdout.

    “There’s really nothing to report,” Armstrong said. “My belief is that it’s better to stay quiet until we have a conclusion to it and we’re not there now.

    “It’s not something that I’m overly concerned about at this particularly time. We’ve got six weeks until training camp and these things get done at different times. Alex knows we want him here, Alex wants to be here and at the right time things will take shape.”

    Agent Don Meehan said “we have had discussions,” but wouldn’t comment further. As has been mentioned before, Pietrangelo is looking for something around $7 million and the Blues seem to be unwilling to go over $6 million.

    “It’s just finding out is it a maximum-term contract of eight years or do both sides feel it’s better to go short?” Armstrong said. “We’re going to work hand-in-hand with Alex because it’s not a win-lose. We’re hoping to find a win-win for both sides.”

  • Steve Simmons: The Maple Leafs have to sign Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri. They would need to clear cap space before the start of the season if/when they sign both. Simmons thinks the Leafs will head into training being over the salary cap, then figure out what to do with John-Michael Liles or someone else at that point.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: A Swedish paper was noting that Linus Omark is determined to return to the NHL. A Swedish team is trying to bring him into the fold. His rights still belong to the Oilers and they may finally willing to trade his rights.

    “It is true that this is the NHL. But he is not finished yet and I will not say which club it is about. It feels closer than they did in the past and there have been some ways to go.”

    Bob Stauffer responding to this: “Further to @dstaples blog on Linus Omark and a report out of a Swedish paper. The #Oilers are NOT close to a deal involving Omark’s rights.”

  • JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish doesn’t seem too concerned that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins may not be ready to start the season after his shoulder surgery.

    “That’s a big hole if he’s not ready, but we’ll overcome through that through depth and some of the additions we’ve had. Arcobello will get a good look, Andrew Miller, Will Acton, Anton Lander. I’m sure we’ll be able to offset Nuge’s absence in the short term.”

    “We’re still operating under the same forecast we had initially (before the shoulder surgery). All things are very optimistic now … but the timeline before was that he’d be ready Nov. 1, in a very pessimistic timeline, and optimistically he’d be ready to start the year. We’re going to stay with that and let his progression dictate when he’s ready. We won’t be hurrying him, that’s for sure.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: It doesn’t appear that Chad LaRose will be back with the Hurricanes as he’s disappeared quietly.

    “His contract with the Hurricanes expired June 30. He didn’t show up for his end-of-season exit interview, according to Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford. He has not been reachable through multiple phone or text messages this summer.

    The odd circumstances of his exit are a strange and silent end to an unlikely and unexpected tenure with the Hurricanes. It began without fanfare 10 years ago Tuesday. It ended without fanfare this summer.

  • Red Line Report: ” Extremely revealing that the junior developing almost is gone in both Czech and Slovakia. The trend continues with Russian as well; teams will take high-ends Russians already playing in NA and then gamble on high-end still in Russia, all others need not to apply.

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Morning Hits: Burmistrov, Bogosian, Horcoff, Enroth and possible Canucks coaching candidates

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Two sources have said that Jets RFA forward Alex Burmistrov has no-intention of re-signing with the team. Burmistrov wanted to be traded at the deadline and the Jets were trying too. Head coach Claude Noel and Burmistrov have had issues for two years, and hit a low when he was made a healthy scratch for four straight games. Names that reportedly came up when the Jets held talks with the Senators (Jakob Silfverberg), Sabres (Drew Stafford) and Islanders (Kyle Okposo). GM Kevin Cheveldayoff won’t let him go for nothing, but his market value is getting muddy. Burmistrov’s agent Mark Gandler would only say that he wasn’t going to sign in the KHL. The Jets haven’t held talks with RFA Zach Bogosian.
  • David Staple of the Edmonton Journal: Should the Oilers buyout Shawn Horcoff? The 35-year old Horcoff’s game has been on the decline and he’s been injured in two of the past three seasons. Horcoff could also be blocking Anton Lander, if the Oilers feel he’s ready. If his salary cap hit isn’t an issue this year, than he still may be a valuable bottom-six forward to have. His salary cap hit may become an issue for season, so if he’s bought out, it would likely be next year and not this summer.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Jhonas Enroth on whether he’s ready to be the No. 1 in Buffalo if Ryan Miller is moved: “I’m ready.”

    “I’ve been growing a lot,” Enroth said. “I want to play more. My goal is to be a starter one year in the NHL, and right now Ryan is the starter here. It’s kind of hard to take the job from him here, but we’ll see what happens.”

    The Sabres could be dealing at the draft, which could include Miller, though moving goaltenders isn’t always easy.

    “We get to the draft, and everything’s unpredictable,” Miller said. “I mean, everyone thought Luongo was going to get traded, and look where he is. He’s right where he is. … It’s just a weird landscape.”

  • Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: Pap lists possible coaching candidates for the Canucks: Dallas Eakins, Lindy Ruff, Dave Tippett, Scott Arniel and Tom Renney.

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Quick Hits: Simmonds, Wisniewski, Goligoski, Lander, Gunnarsson, Halak, Letang, Burns, Rangers lines, and Hiller starts

  • Stars PR via twitter: Alex Goligoski will be back in the Stars lineup and will be paired with Jamie Oleksiak.
  • David Alter via twitter: There is still no timetable on when Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarsson will return to the lineup. He has a hip issue, some days are better than others.
  • Lou Korac via twitter: Blue Jaroslav Halak has skated the last two days and plans to stop pucks tomorrow. The earliest he would play is Monday.
  • Boston Bruins via twitter: Brad Marchand is “day-to-day” and Claude Julien said ”he felt really good today, to the point where we have to consider him being a possibility for tomorrow.”
  • Kevin Kurz via twitter: Sharks defenseman Brent Burns was paired with Brad Stuart today in practice. Coach McLellan confirmed that Burns will play “very soon.” The Sharks will have to make a roster move before Burns is able to return.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Hagelin-Stepan-Nash, Gaborik-Richards-Pyatt, Kreider-Miller-Callahan, Boyle/Powe-Halpern-Asham.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Jonas Hiller will start in net for the Ducks tonight against the Stars. Viktor Fasth will likely start tomorrow against the Blues.

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CBA talks … Kronwall may join brother in KHL if lockout … Oilers lack depth at center … AHL to test no-touch icing

  • Chris Johnson via twitter: CBA talks are set to start at 9:30 am this morning, with economic issues the main topic of the day.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: “People on both sides of the aisle believe next couple days in NHL-NHLPA talks could go a long way to determining how long stalemate lasts.” … “If NHL and NHLPA become hardened in their positions, demanding the other negotiate off their proposal, this could take a long time.” … “Can the two proposals be melded together? Certainly. And that will be the first sign of significant progress, first sign of hope.”
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: There is speculation out of Sweden that Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall could join his brother Steffen with Lokomotiv in the KHL over Djurgarden of the SEL if there is a long lockout.
  • Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers lack depth at center, and are not very big. Their top 4 projects to be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff, and Eric Belanger. If one was to get injured, Anton Lander may be their replacement. Chris VandeVelde could also be an option. Next down the list are centers Mark Zarcobello, Tyler Pitlick and Ryan Martindale.

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